Wilkes Community Group - May 03, 2011Margaret Scott Elementary School14700 NE Sacramento StreetPortland, OR
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by Alice Blatt.
Those attending the meeting included board members Ed Clark, Alice Blatt, Carolyn Clark,Kathi Holmes, and Joyce Ley. Others attending were Mary Tompkins (Portland Office ofNeighborhood Involvement and Crime Prevention), Portland (East Precinct) Police OfficerLouis Seals, Dan and Kim Breckel, Linda Allison, Dianne McGill, Betty Palmer, FayeMorris, Betty Walklate, Judy Lenhart, Shirley Larson, Tony and Diane Terhume, Glen andGeorgia Burgin, Cheryl Jackson, Forrest Dilleman, Carrie Goble, and Dane Nickerson.Motion made by Diane McGill and seconded by Kim Breckel to approve the minutes for theApril 5, 2011 meeting, as corrected. Motion carried.The Treasurer’s Report presented by Alice Blatt referenced the May 3, 2011 balance sheet,issued by East Portland Neighborhood Office, showing a current balance of $822.75.
Officer Louis Seals (East Precinct) reported that more transients and kids are out at nightin this milder weather which creates some issues. The burglary task force is concentratingon all burglaries. Officer Seals emphasized that burglaries should be reported as increasesin telephone calls contribute to the issues “going away.” A big problem currently is illegalresidency in repossessed/foreclosed homes. Wednesdays, during the overnight hours of4:00 pm to 8:00 am, tend to be bigger crime days. At present, the East Precinct area of ourneighborhood does not have much gang presence. For any nonemergency concerns with thepolice, the number to use is 503-823-3333. Officer Seals also answered various questionsfrom residents at this special meeting.
• Shirley Craddick, Metro Councilor, will be guest speaker at the June 7, 2011 meeting.
• Free lunch and activity programs for young people up to age 18 will be offered inWilkes Park, Monday through Friday, approximately noon to 2:00 pm during June upto early September.• August 10 is the date for “Movies in the Park”. Music by “Bobby Torres Trio” willbegin at 6:30 pm, with the move, Secretariat, to be featured at dusk. Free popcornand door prizes will be offered. Food vendors will be available.• Port-a-Potty service will be available in Wilkes Park for June through earlySeptember.In response to a request to have a special meeting for discussion of the process and trainingavailable for Neighborhood Watch Program, Mary Tompkins introduced information on theprogram. Mary works with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and CrimePrevention. She explained that specific training is for neighbors grouped closely together.The neighbors select a place for the training. Mary will conduct the training, usually witha police officer being involved. A block captain is selected, and the email addresses andtelephone numbers of the participating neighbors are essential. She indicated that “OperationSafe Summer” is available online to provide information of summer activities that areavailable. Residents were also advised that East Precinct now has a drop box to receiveunwanted (medical) drugs.With respect to the interest of a specific neighborhood wanting to establish a NeighborhoodWatch Program, Diane McGill moved to have funding available for signs advertising thepresence of the N. Watch Program. Motion was seconded, and carried.Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm. The next meeting will be a general meeting on June 7,2011 at 6:30 p.m.CC: Alice Blatt, ChairCarolyn ClarkKathi HolmesEd ClarkEd ZarinsEast Portland Neighborhood OfficeRichard Bixby